Entrepreneur Ollie aims to be next Branson

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A young entrepreneur from South Northamptonshire is running two successful businesses aged only 15-years-old.

Pury End resident, Ollie Forsyth, set up his first business selling jewellery and leather gifts online at just 13.

The website, www.
ollieshop.co.uk, turned over £20,000 last Christmas and is now being run alongside the teenager’s second enterprise, restoring classic cars.

The schoolboy, who has dyslexia, said he wanted to emulate top businessman, Richard Branson, who also has the condition.

He said: “I find school work challenging but battle through it. I get told again and again I’ll be the next Branson if I carry on doing what I’m doing, which I would love to be.”

He is currently restoring two classic cars, including a 1967 Triumph GT6 Mk1, which he imported from Belgium, and a 1930 Austin Ulster, which was only ever built in very limited numbers.

He said: “We had no idea what the Austin would be worth when we bought it, but we’ve found out it is both rare and valuable. The car’s original owner died in World War Two and it had been left sitting in a garage ever since. When we bought it, it was the first time it had been fired up since the war.”

After completing his GCSEs next year, Ollie plans to enrol in a business course backed by Dragon’s Den star, Peter Jones.